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The first settlement in the state was established at the site of present-day Pembina in 1797 by Charles Chaboillez of the North West Co. The area was occupied solely by fur traders until 1812, when Scottish immigrants led by the Earl of Selkirk established a colony. This spot, now a state historic site, is at the confluence of the Red and Pembina rivers. The town was considered British territory until the boundary between the United States and Canada was set in 1818.
A historical marker north of town on I-29 commemorates the site of North Dakota's first church and school, which opened in 1818.

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